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Pregnant women who have insomnia or other sleep disorders are more likely to give birth prematurely, suggests an observational study out recently in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Those with insomnia had a 30 per cent increased risk, and those with sleep apnoea a 40 per cent, compared to women without any sleep problems. Women with insomnia were nearly twice as likely to deliver before 34 weeks gestation.

  • Published 1.11.17
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Sleep and birth link

Pregnant women who have insomnia or other sleep disorders are more likely to give birth prematurely, suggests an observational study out recently in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Those with insomnia had a 30 per cent increased risk, and those with sleep apnoea a 40 per cent, compared to women without any sleep problems. Women with insomnia were nearly twice as likely to deliver before 34 weeks gestation.

"Sleep disorders are often underdiagnosed, because poor sleep is common during pregnancy," said lead author, Jennifer N. Felder, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, US.

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